I once had a great little smithy at the back of my restoration workshops where I used to forge all my own catches, clasps, hinges, locks and nails etc. I could whip up a replacement item in steel at the drop of a tri-corn hat. Alas no longer.
I decided I would like to attach a steel triangle to the bottom of the pillar and claw after all, but I was unsuccessful in finding a smith to forge a facsimile triangle at reasonable cost. I eventually spoke with a local metalworker last week who said he could plasma-cut one and would drop it round to me. In fact he dropped off two “… in case you make a mess of one”!
I attacked the triangle with an angry grinder and files to impart a ‘forged’ appearance. The thickest area is the centre at 3/32″ (2.4mm) diminishing along the length of the flattened D-shaped legs. The edges taper off to roughly 1/64″ (0.4mm) thick.
I used a hammer and the anvil horn to form one of the triangles to the curvature of the upturned claw, stopping frequently to check for fit. When satisfied, I drilled and countersunk the remaining holes and tidied the whole with a file.
Prior to attaching the triangle to the table, it is now undergoing an accelerated rusting process which will take a few days to achieve the desired depth of corrosion.